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Raised by a Native Hawaiian father stripped of identity – his language and cultural dignity – today, Marilynn Howe is on mission to #EndBiblePoverty as a creative strategist, writer and occasional editor at Seed Company. She lives in Texas with her blue-eyed husband and son. When she's not chasing children...

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  1. Marilynn,
    In reading Anna’s story, I was reminded that God gives our eternal neighbors spiritual gifts as well. It is obvious that Anna has wisdom and discernment and when I see or read about young people with wisdom beyond their years, I know it has to be a God thing. We need to keep planting the truth because His word does not return void.
    Blessings to you in your endeavors,
    Bev

    • Hi Bev! At Seed Company we are often humbled and encouraged when we are reminded that people living thousands of miles away, enduring many hardships for the sake of sharing the Word – are also praying for us. I’m encouraged by wise and discerning women like Anna, and you. Thank you!

  2. Hi Marilynn! Thanks so much for introducing us to Anna. Her story serves as a reminder that God uses each and every one of us to do His work. It’s amazing to see how our eternal neighbours around the world jump over hurdles to access the Scripture while over here, I sometimes struggle to read my Bible each day. I get distracted by the things of this world.

    It’s clear that Anna has an intense hunger and thirst for God’s word; she devours His truth. I want to develop that hunger again.

    Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      So do I. It can be such a struggle. Behind the scenes at Seed Company, we often encourage each other to “end Bible poverty” for ourselves first. And the beautiful thing about meeting our eternal neighbors is the hunger and thirst they inspire in us.

      And now you have inspired me that much more with your transparency!

      Mahalo!

      Marilynn

  3. Thanks for introducing me to one of my new neighbors. I have been to Botswana and Namibia with a short term mission group from my church.

  4. Thank you soo much!! Anna is a perfect example of commitment and devotion to a living word if God. The beuty of Anna story, is that in God’s eyes we are all the same. Until I came to Christ I learned that no matter if I’m white or black, Hispanic or Asian, tall or short, fat or skinni. His love for me is beyond my understanding. Anna is a women of God and her courage is what I’m taking with me, and I can’t wait to meet her in heaven!!!

    • Hi Rita! I love your words, “His love for me is beyond my understanding.” Yes! His love fills the deep wells of courage that we all need everyday. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for filling Anna and Rita with Your courage!

  5. I just wanted to tell you how much my heart and spirit have been encouraged by this story! I often refer to other believers as my Eternal Neighbors, sometimes using the phrase fpr those I’ve been blessed to only speak with by phone or perhaps write, but have never heard or seen the phrase used elsewhere! That phrase is what prompted me to read, and of course to ask myself the very question you posed, namely how well I know these Neighbors.

    Well, I want to know them more!

    Please continue to share the life stories of our other Eternal Neighbors! I can’t wait to meet them.

    Frances

    • Hi Frances, that’s so awesome that you’ve used that phrase. I was writing the intro to a soon-to-be released missions periodical by Seed Company called Co:Mission. “Eternal neighbors” just came out during that moment. We will be sharing more of these stories, one every quarter. This coming January, together we will meet the Tzutijil and Ixil people of Guatemala while meditating upon John 1:14 (MSG). Thank you for the encouragement!

  6. Amazing! I do remember to pray for my other brothers and sisters but it is the first time that I ever thought of them as Eternal Neighbors. Thank you so much for sharing Anna’s story. I look forward to meeting more of my neighbors.

  7. Thank you for this wonderful story – please share more!! May I not forget my neighbour and always remember that those who are so often regarded as inferior, poor, of another colour is NOT least in His kingdom, but those who are last will be first and those who are first, will be last.
    Much blessings

    • Hi Rina! And that is the Scripture that inspired this post, and our soon coming missions periodical called Co:Mission. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Love it! And we will share more. Mahalo!

  8. amazing and lovely story..its so easy for us to wrapped up and not think of others and those who are our eternal neighbors..thankyou for showing us this great story, in our busy lives may we pause for time to think of who it is we will be sitting around talking with in eternity and learn more of them here too. blessings

  9. Its simply wonderful to see the gospel reaching the ends of the earth and meeting our eternal neighbors through your story. Anna’s prayer is very touching. I hope she will discover through the Word that the “name” of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is Jesus. Jesus says, (John 14:14) You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

  10. Wonderful story! We so often and to easily forget about those in small foreign countries. If the country is not in the news–then we don’t think about them!

    We all need to pray hard to know & have compassion on our eternal neighbors!

    Great work!